Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Kassiopi - Kerkyre

Kassiopi is a small village in the north-east corner of Corfu, an island just west of the Graeco -Albanian mainland. Much of the village is now given over to the tourist industry and the more modern developments reflect that. However, there are still one or two hidden pockets of the original village once you get off Kassiopi's main street. Just down towards the harbour and almost directly opposite Kosta's Taverna where, during the season, Greek dancing is laid on every evening, there lies a narrow alley leading to a Greek Orthodox Church. This marble plate shown here that I drew on site circa 2004 sits on the boundary wall. It tells you the church is dedicated to St. Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu.
What struck me about it was the viridian pigment embedded into the carved letters. Time and weather are gradually eroding it. It looks as if it has been there since the days of Spyridon himself.
I'm sure my daughter Cath will know this place.

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